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Good News - July 2018

Wow, Just Wow

It takes a little bit of work to plan out our Chicago vacations. It’s one downside to returning to our old stomping ground – there is so much we try to fit in, so many people we want to see. This trip, even seeing family is tricky because my brother and oldest nephew are leaving for college orientation in Oregon. Let me say that again – COLLEGE ORIENTATION. My fingers quake to type it, as Donovan was our ring bearer 11 years ago! We talked about that on the drive in – it’s scary, but like roller-coaster-fun kind of scary.

His trip isn’t the only catalyst for trips down memory lane. I’m planning dinner with an engaged college grad who I met as an eighth grader in my youth group. We’re getting calls for save-the-date addresses from Rachael’s youngest cousins. I’ll get to see a friend I haven’t hung out with in 25 years.

Chicago isn’t the only place this happens. As many of you read this, you are worshipping with leaders who may not have stepped up to a microphone a year ago. We have a seventh grader running the projector (I met Cameron when he was THREE playing bumpety-bump down the stairs of our Canandaigua apartment!). Not to mention more college graduates, more people going into ministry, and more babies getting ready to make their appearance (I’m talking about Amanda, y’all!!).

It can be enough to make you say, “Wow, I feel old.” But if you so choose, it can make you say, “Wow, I feel proud. Some things go right.”

These days, we can all use some encouragement, some little reminder that God hasn’t forgotten about this third rock from the sun. I hope these realizations can give you that boost. We each have our own versions of these memories – may they do us good.

I’ll be honest, when I first met Andrew, I had my moments of pure mental wig-out (and I’m sure Larry Stryker would tell me these moments plop me right in the middle of “normal”). How am I going to keep this infant alive, let alone help him grow up well? Three rodeos later, I still have those moments. But looking at friends that I have seen mature, the wig-outs are accompanied by some honest hopes.

I hope Andrew gets to the point where he has to explain his engineering textbooks to me, rather than the other way around. I hope Sarah learns how to do backflips better than I ever did (won’t take her too long on that…). I hope Leah…surprises me well with the skills and passions she develops. Couple that with a heart that loves God through loving others, and hopefully you’ll be able to see this motley crew fumbling down the aisle after worship and say to yourself,

“Yeah, some things do go right.”

Many Blessings,

Pastor Brian



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Wake Up Call Who Is Like God? (1/4) Micah 1:1-7
Good News For Sale Who Is Like God? (2/4) Micah 3:1-12
Who Are You Again? Who Is Like God? (3/4) Micah 4:6-5:5a
God Like No Other Who Is Like God? (4/4) Micah 7:14-20
First Things First Thanksgiving Psalm 50:1-15, 23
Lead By The Head Christ the King Sunday Ephesians 1:15–23
Matter-ing TGI Monday (1/6) Matthew 28:1-10
God's Superhighway TGI Monday (2/6) Matthew 22:34-40
As Is, Just As TGI Monday (3/6) Luke 19:1-10
Authentic Living TGI Monday (4/6) Genesis 1-2
How Not To Be A Christian At Work TGI Monday (5/6) 1 Peter 3:13-16
Kingdom Platform TGI Monday (6/6) Colossians 3:12-25
Remembering Your First Love Seeking God (1/10) Hosea 10, 11, 14
Grabbing a Slice Seeking God (2/10) 1 Chronicles 12, 16, John 13
The Truth About The Truth Seeking God (3/10) 1 John 1:5-10
No More Seeking God (4/10) John 8:2-11
God's Glue Seeking God (5/10) Ephesians 2:1-9
Getting Ready Seeking God (6/10) 1 Peter 1:13-21
Love's Acid Test Seeking God (7/10) John 14:15-24
We're Good Seeking God (8/10) 1 John 4:5-21
A Prisoner Freed Seeking God (9/10) Matthew 18:21-35
Light Power Seeking God (10/10) Galatians 5:16-26
Promise Keeper Refuel (1/5) John 14:18-31
John 16:4-15
Cosmic Math Refuel (2/5) Mark 1:1-11
Fruity Living Refuel (3/5) Galatians 5:16-26
Step One Refuel (4/5) John 3:1-16
Set Apart Refuel (5/5) Romans 8:1-11
Fear Not  Unshakeable (1/6) Matthew 28:1-10
On Your Feet Unshakeable (2/6) John 21:1-19
I Have This Hope
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Unshakeable (3/6) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The Most Perfect Imperfect Prayer Unshakeable (4/6) Mark 9:14-29
God's Job Description Unshakeable (5/6) Exodus 3:1-15
Confidence In The Chaos Unshakeable (6/6) John 16:25-33

Going Deeper

These questions and actions are designed to help you find ways to take Sunday’s Scripture out into the world as the hands and feet of Christ. 

Making You Think

·         Amidst the fear of God’s justice, what comfort is it that God does not tolerate sinful abuse?

·         If we are honest, why is it hard to conceptualize the glory of God covering the earth?

·         What does it look like to ‘hear from God’ since we can’t hear him like Habakkuk could?

Memory Verse

But the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
Habakkuk 2:14 (NRSV)

Next Steps

Each day this week, thank God for one small, seemingly insignificant thing that is good in your life. When you pray “thank you”, it will remind you that even the small things are a blessing from God, and not just the fruit of our own hands.


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